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March is National Nutrition Month

Nutrition Comes First

One of the most important changes you can make to your diet is eating more fresh foods. According to a recent report, the five most commonly eaten foods in the United States are all highly processed: sugary soft drinks, cakes and pastries, burgers, pizza, and chips. In addition to being too high in unhealthy fat, sugar and sodium, and too low in nutrients and fiber, these highly processed foods also tend to pack a lot of calories per bite. Make a conscious effort to cut back, and replace these foods for nutritious alternatives, including: water instead of soda; fresh fruit over sweets; grilled poultry, seafood, and beans rather than burgers and pizza; and veggies with hummus in place of chips.